Well, it doesn't work that fast. What looks so effortless in the end as a video series requires a lot of preparatory work behind the scenes.
But let's go back to the beginning: It's 8 o'clock in the morning and a workday of a special kind is about to start for me in front of our office building in Berlin in the Friedrichstraße. After meeting with the film crew, it's time to get out of the cold and into the pleasantly warm building.
I am looking forward to dive into the world of hydrogen. What will await me?
The shoot takes place in accordance with infection control and hygiene measures, luckily this does not affect the good mood on set. Everyone supports wherever helping hands are needed. As the shooting location fills up with camera equipment and lighting gear, I realize that the first scene recording is getting closer and closer. Nervous, but excited to be involved in visualizing the topic of hydrogen and bringing it closer to the viewers in an informative and entertaining way, I await the start of filming.
When every single studio light is adjusted and the background of the scene is set up to the finest detail, it's truly time for the camera to roll, the audio to record, and the first shot to be taken.
Anyone who has ever been near the Friedrichstraße station knows - this is definitely not a quiet place. Sirens blaring in the distance, passers-by down on the street and the noise of the railway station. There is no doubt, that we are in the center of the capital. What blends together behind closed windows into a pleasant soundscape of the metropolis becomes every sound technician's nightmare. Several times we have to stop filming because of trains entering and leaving the station loudly every few minutes. Flexibility is also required in terms of the weather. It's raining, and the sun is nowhere to be seen? No problem. And so, a gray and rainy winter afternoon turns into a sunny summer morning in the office. Nothing is impossible!
I interact with Hydro, the hydrogen molecule, in front of the camera. Scene after scene, it feels as if my newfound friend becomes more alive and is not a mere figment of my imagination, until life is breathed into him in post-production. When all the scenes have been recorded, I make my way home while reviewing the past days. What an exciting experience with many interesting impressions on set! I will miss the team and the video shoot around the topic of hydrogen, but I am sure: